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Celebrating 50 Years of CICS


This year at SHARE Pittsburgh (Aug. 4-9), the CICS Project will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its namesake. This anniversary is just one milestone in the long history of the CICS, including its use at the Montreal Olympics in 1976, the addition of web support in 1999, and the introduction of continuous delivery in 2015.

As IBM Director for CICS Development Steve Wallin said in a January SHARE’d Intelligence blog post, “Over the last 50 years, CICS has demonstrated the ability to evolve and integrate the latest application languages and frameworks, while continuing to support, enhance, and extend customer investment in existing applications.” CICS has the unique ability to cope with mixed languages on mainframes. It also provides a bridge or control between application logic and the mainframe infrastructure, including communications and the data repository.

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